"Love Devotion Surrender Dedication" at Rick Wester
10/8/2021

"Love Devotion Surrender Dedication" at Rick Wester
A Group Exhibition Co-curated by Mary Shah and Rick Wester
July 15 – September 11, 2021
 
Rick Wester Fine Art is very pleased to present Love Devotion Surrender Dedication, a group exhibition inspired by, and dedicated to, the 1973 album Love Devotion Surrender by Carlos Santana and Mahavishnu John McLaughlin. That collaboration in itself was specifically an homage to A Love Supreme, John Coltrane's late, spiritually endowed tonal poem recorded in 1964. Universally recognized in the world of jazz, as Carlos Santana described him, "an Archangel of the highest order to bring healing to this planet," his life was tragically cut short as he passed away just five years prior to the Santana/McLaughlin recording. The exhibition's artists also aim for higher planes of consciousness and awareness, by allowing themselves to be guided by what their creative processes inform them to do. Meditative and reflective, their work offers a respite from the hard-edged reality the world has served up since the advent of the scourge in early 2020. The exhibition is co-curated by artist Mary Shah and Rick Wester.

Featuring:
Debe ARLOOK, Cat BALCO, Sharon BUTLER, Max KELLENBERGER, Amanda MARCHAND, Tom MCGLYNN, Jill MOSER, Stephen MUELLER, Andy RICHTER, Alyse ROSNER, Wendi SCHNEIDER, Andrew SCHWARTZ, Mary SHAH, Barbara TAKENAGA, Alex TURNER, Lydia VISCARDI, Nicole WASSALL, Tenesh WEBBER, Alex YUDZON

Image: Sharon BUTLER
Triptych, Left to right: May 15, 2019-02, 2020, October 21, 2019-3, 2021 , July 2, 2018-02, 2020

"Pause" at Theodore Gallery, Tribeca
6/21/2021

"Pause" at Theodore Gallery, Tribeca
PAUSE
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Bill Albertini,
Stephen Bron,
Eric Brown,
Sharon Butler,
Peter Krashes,
Sylvia Plimack Mangold,
Michelle Vaughan,
Andrew Witkin

June 18 - July 31, 2021
 
Opening Friday June 18, 1-8 pm
Gallery hours Thursday- Saturday 12-6 pm

Image: Sharon Butler, October 21, 2019 (1), 2020, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches.

Sharon Butler organizes Marathon Art Conversation on Clubhouse for Dumbo Open Studios
5/11/2021

Sharon Butler organizes Marathon Art Conversation on Clubhouse for Dumbo Open Studios
On May 13, to help kick off another online edition of Dumbo Open Studios, Sharon Butler and Two Coats of Paint have organized a marathon art conversation on Clubhouse featuring a lively crew of DUMBO regulars. Artists and arts organizations will join us throughout the day to talk about art, exhibitions, issues and ideas. The Two Coats of Paint Club will open rooms from 9:30am to 7pm (and at miscellaneous times throughout the ten-day event). Guest hosts include Matthew Deleget from Minus Space, Becky Sellinger from Smack Mellon, Beth Dary and Jeff Wallace from the Main Window Dumbo project, Elizabeth Hazan from Platform Project Space, Alexi Worth, Laura Karetzky, Teri Hackett, Samantha Taylor, Lauren Skelly Baily, will host, and many other artists will join them throughout the day. Read more.

Sharon Butler: Morning in America at Theodore:Art
1/9/2021

Sharon Butler: Morning in America at Theodore:Art
"Sharon Butler: Morning in America"
January 15 - March 7, 2021
Theodore:Art
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY

Theodore:Art is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Sharon Butler.For the past few years, Butler has produced daily drawings on her phone. The Good Morning Drawings, digitalsketches uploaded to Instagram, reflect the peripatetic experience of a contemporary painter with a complexlife—teaching, traveling, parenting, working. The small geometric abstractions serve as foundational ideas on whichto build firm structures that investigate painting and its discontents more thoroughly in the context of a complex andchaotic world.

In March of this year, during the Covid lockdown in New York City, Butler had the chance to reflect on personal andsocio-political anxiety as refracted by the diaristic nature of the Good Morning Drawing series of the recent past.The time in the studio was quieter, oriented towards a kind of distillation of paramount issues and aspects of theartist’s life and world view -- a kind of slow breathing exercise of the mind. This show represents an exhale of relief.We are still here, Butler still finds the lifeblood of painting closely connected to the roller coaster of the experienceof daily life.

A painter and arts writer, Sharon Butler is widely known as the founder of Two Coats of Paint, a project whichincludes an influential art blog, an artist residency, and other initiatives. She has shown work at Theodore:Art (2016,2018) and SEASON (Seattle). Thanks to the generosity of the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program, Butlermaintains a studio in Brooklyn, under the Manhattan Bridge. She has received grants and residencies from CreativeCapital/The Warhol Foundation’s Art Writers Program, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation,Yaddo, ConnecticutCommission for the Arts, and Counterproof Press. She currently teaches at the New York Academy of Art and inthe MFA program at the University of Connecticut.

Her exhibitions at Theodore in 2016 and 2018 have receivedcritical attention from Time Out NY, Hyperallergic, Artcritical, and New York Magazine.

For information and images, please contact Stephanie Theodore at 212 966 4324 or ​theodoreart@gmail.com​

"Sharon Buter: Morning in America"
January 15 to March 7, 2021
at Theodore:Art
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY

Reviews:
Laurie Fendrich, "Accidental on Purpose: Sharon Butler at Theodore:Art," artcritical,web, February 26, 2021.
James Panero, "Gallery Chronicle," The New Criterion, March 2021.
Loren Monk, "Sharon Butler at Theodore:Art,"  James Kalm Rough Cuts, video review, January 26, 2021.

Image: Sharon Butler, "May 29, 2018," 2020, oil on canvas, 52x45 inches

Deep States at Theodore:Art
1/9/2021

Deep States at Theodore:Art
DEEP STATES
featuring Berwald Borgsjo Sharon Butler Billy JacobsPeter Krashes Alix Lambert Lara NasserMichelle Vaughan Oliver Wasow H.C. Westermann
October 30 – January 10, 2020
Opening day viewing Friday, October 30, 1-6 pm
Gallery hours Friday-Sunday 1-6 pm and by appointment

“In a world that has REALLY been turned on its head, truth is a moment of falsehood.”― Guy Debord

Theodore:Art is pleased to present Deep States​,​ an exhibition informed by and circling ideas of hidden powers,control, paranoia, and distrust of the powers that be.Although the term “Deep State” has been applied throughout the 20th and 21st Century to various regimes inmultiple countries, as a basis of comprehension we will start from the idea that if the Deep State is the unelected government, then by definition it is an undemocratic government.

The artists herein suggest projections of thatunelected power that affects our lives. Their responses are mysterious, documentary, hallucinatory, anxious,dreading, pissy, contemplative, and ultimately subjective. The impossibility of visually defining the identity andlimits of a mythical entity makes the act of attempting to do so both heroic and sisyphean. The Deep States eludethe grasp of the mind, the long arm of the law, and the influence of societal norms.

Image: Sharon Butler, Mueller Report (10.07.2016), 2020, oil on canvas, 16 x 16 inches.

Penn State School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture
2/7/2020

Penn State School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture
Sharon Butler, February 11, 11:30am. 
Lecture Location: Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art

Free and open to the public. 


The Penn State School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series was established in 2001 through the generous support of John M. Anderson, Penn State Professor Emeritus.  The result of Dr. Anderson’s love of the philosophy of art and painting, his endowment contributes to the creative and intellectual life of the campus.  The series sponsors leading artists and scholars who lecture, give master classes and workshops, and critique student work throughout the academic year.  Dr. Anderson, an Evan Pugh Research Professor of Philosophy, was a long-time faculty member and three-time department head in the Department of Philosophy and the first director of Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities.  Lectures are free and open to the public. 

Surface Tension: Panel Discussion at Monica King Contemporary Art in Tribeca
1/19/2020

Surface Tension: Panel Discussion at Monica King Contemporary Art in Tribeca
Artist and curator Jason Stopa invited Katherine Bradford and Craig Stockwell, along with Two Coats of Paint founder Sharon Butler and Hyperallergic editor Thomas Micchelli, for an evening of conversation on the occasion of “New Skin” Stopa’s latest curatorial project, on view at the gallery through January 25. The exhibition, which includes works by Michael Berryhill, Shirley Kaneda, and Clare Grill, among others, places emphasis on works that toy with idea of representation, conjuring ideas of objects, but leaving space for imagination.

Monica King Contemporary
Date: January 15, 2020
Location: Monica King Contemporary, 39 Lispenard Street, East Entrance, Tribeca, New York, NY
Price: Free
Time: 6 p.m.

An Editors Pick in Artnet News

Image at top: A snap shot during the discussion, courtesy of Gweneth Leech.

Curator for The Daily at the Ely Center in New Haven
1/19/2020

Curator for The Daily at the Ely Center in New Haven
I was recently invited to select work from an Open Call at the Ely Center for Contemporary Art in New Haven. Looking at more than 300 worthy submissions (and reading all the artist statements) I was drawn to work that’s rooted in materiality, ritual, and the structure of daily life. I called the show “The Daily” after Michael Barbaro’s NY Times morning podcast, which is what I often listen to as I make and post my own daily drawings on Instagram

“The Daily,” curated by Sharon Butler. Ely Center for Contemporary Art, 51 Trumbull Street, New Haven, CT. January 12 – February 16, 2020 Artists include Rick Albee, Eric Anthony Berdis, Matthew Best, Daniel Bohman, Shelby Charlesworth, Douglas Degges, Amy Faris, EK Lee, Cynthia Mason, Elizabeth Mead, Robert Oehl, Anne Russinof, Joseph Salerno, Jean Scott, Rita Valley, Claire Watson

See images of the show and read the curator's statement here.